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Quality in Scotland's universities

Institution-led review

Universities carry out Institution-led reviews themselves about every six years.

Universities provide us with an annual report on their institution-led review activities in the previous year signed off by the governing body.

QAA Scotland provides an analysis of these reports for SFC.


Enhancement-led institutional review (ELIR)

SFC has a contract with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) to carry out independent external reviews, known as Enhancement-led institutional reviews (ELIR). The review teams, appointed by QAA, include senior academics, an international reviewer and a student reviewer.

QAA publishes ELIR reports on its website and provides an annual briefing on outcomes and issues arising from the previous year's ELIRs and other enhancement activities - Overview of quality and enhancement activity in the university sector 2016-17 [PDF].

Quality enhancement

The Quality Enhancement Framework is a national programme of quality enhancement themes overseen by the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC) and supported by QAA.

Further information is on the Enhancement Themes website.

Public information on quality

SFC contributes to the funding of Unistats, the official website providing up to date, comparable data and statistics about UK higher education undergraduate courses. SFC, along with the other UK funding bodies, collects data which is published on Unistats.

Scottish universities participate in UK-wide public information collections as well as producing their own information for current and potential students and provide information to Unistats.

For further details of quality arrangements for universities, see our guidance: Scottish Funding Council guidance to higher education institutions on quality from August 2017-2022.

National Student Survey and Unistats: updated timetables and changes for 2018

This guidance (SFC/GD/08/2018) sets out information on revised arrangements and timetable for publication of the 2018 National Student Survey (NSS).